NVIDIA and CDPR Partner Up To Bring Ray Tracing To Cyberpunk 2077

NVIDIA and CD PROJEKT RED today announced that NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ is an official technology partner for Cyberpunk 2077 and that the companies are working together to bring real-time ray tracing to the game.

Cyberpunk 2077 won over 100 awards at E3 2018 and Gamespot calls it “one of the most anticipated games of the decade.” The game is the next project from CD PROJEKT RED, makers of the highly acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which has won numerous “Game of the Year” awards. NVIDIA and CD PROJEKT RED have a long history of technology collaboration that spans more than a decade.

Cyberpunk 2077 is an incredibly ambitious game, mixing first-person perspective and deep role-playing, while also creating an intricate and immersive world in which to tell its story,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “We think the world of Cyberpunk will greatly benefit from the realistic lighting that ray tracing delivers.”

Ray tracing is the advanced graphics technique used to give movies their ultra-realistic visual effects. NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs contain specialized processor cores designed specifically to accelerate ray tracing so the visual effects in games can be rendered in real time. 

“Ray tracing allows us to realistically portray how light behaves in a crowded urban environment,” says Adam Badowski, head of Studio at CD PROJEKT RED. “Thanks to this technology, we can add another layer of depth and verticality to the already impressive megacity the game takes place in.”

Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you. 

E3 attendees will get a firsthand look at Cyberpunk 2077 at booth 1023 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. More details, as well as exclusive 4K screenshots featuring real-time ray tracing on PC, are available at www.nvidia.com.

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New Pokemon Game to be Revealed Today?

Way back at E3 2017, Nintendo teased the fact that a mainline Pokemon game was in the works for the Nintendo Switch with a release of 2018 or later. Well, that later might just be very soon.

Nintendo is hosting a Pokemon Direct today at 7:30PM IST/ 6AM PT which is going to be just 7 minutes long. It’s been a while since Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee have been out so our bet is on the fact that it is a small glimpse of the upcoming 8th Generation Pokemon game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFues4zhUW4

Earlier in 2018, The Pokemon Company had stated that “The next introduction for the popular core RPG series would arrive in late 2019 on the Nintendo Switch”.

There are multiple reasons to be excited about this upcoming title. First of all, it’s going to be a brand new generation of Pokemon which means more new Pokemon to fall in love with and also despise. The second reason is that they’re going to surprise us with new mechanics according to Nintendo Magazine.

Translated:
“After a lifetime associated with portable consoles, the canonical Pokémon will take the leap to a home console with its eighth generation. Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are rethinking the saga to surprise with new mechanics, either in 2018 or later.”

However, the main reason to be excited is because of this statement by
Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara:
“We want to make Pokémon fans say ‘this is what I’ve been waiting for’ by delivering a brand-new product packed with gameplay elements and plenty of new Pokémon to encounter.”

This also means that they will be pushing the visuals and the way the game is presented thanks to the move from weaker handheld devices to the Switch so maybe we could see an open world third person game like we always wanted similar to the style of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.

“It is not an entry game, but a game that we want longtime fans of the Pokémon series to look forward to.”

As a long time fan of the series, its good to see that they’re acknowledging the players who have been playing since the days of Red and Blue and want to make a game that will appeal to them while also evolving the Pokemon formula.

Another thing to keep an out on is the addition of some sort of co-op play. Ishihara-san said “Until now, games were made as one for one person, but now you can go home and play with everyone — so how do we tackle these themes, and how do we make sure it’s not complicated?”

So maybe we could get a 2 player Pokemon game where you share the same world as your sibling/friend and they could replace your in-game rival. They might also bring the Pokemon Bank to the Switch so that you can transfer your Pokemon from the Sun and Moon and, Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee titles to the new game. At least this way your Pokemon won’t be lost to the sands of time.

Or maybe they’ll just announce an HD remake of Detective Pikachu with Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu as a tie-in with the film. Thankfully, it’s only a few hours away so Nintendo please, show us some of that Gen 8 goodness.

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Tetris 99 Has Made the Tetris Battle Royale Meme Reality

Battle Royale games are everywhere and after everybody joked ” What game is next? Tetris?” The mad folks at Nintendo actually went ahead and did it with Tetris 99.

This game isn’t a cheap rip-off or anything but is an actual certified Tetris game that is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch but only for those who are Nintendo Switch Online members.

The game is free for Switch Online Members and pits you against 98 other players in an attempt to see who is the one true Tetris God. You can mess with your opponents by sending them Garbage Blocks but the same goes for you so it’s a very risky affair.

Defeating other players will give you KO Badges which will give you an advantage for future attacks so you’ll want to be a little aggressive just to stay safe.

Tetris is one of my all time favourite games and it’s a game that is so simple yet so complex and this battle royale mode makes it so much more competitive that might just bring this game back in the limelight even though it has been a constant for a lot of people.

It sucks that the game is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch because I’d love to see this game on other platforms, maybe even with a bit cross-platform, this game could have a pretty long life. But hey, Nintendo has made this meme real and it’s actually pretty good and looks like a lot of fun.

Tetris 99 is out now on the Nintendo Switch and is available for free and exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Announced for Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has been announced for the Nintendo Switch and is set to release in 2019.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Switch is a remake of the 1993 Gameboy title that is considered to be one of the best titles in the series. The game takes place after the events of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, another fantastic title.

This is also one of few games that take place outside of Hyrule itself and doesn’t include Princess Zelda or any of the regular main characters of the series, including those that were present in A Link to the Past.

For the Nintendo Switch, the game has been giving similar visual treatment like A Link Between Worlds on the Nintendo 3DS but even more visually improved. The game has a very cute aesthetic that makes you feel like it is one of those old claymation videos that used to play on TV when you were a kid.

The lighting also looks really gorgeous along with bright, saturated colours and a slight depth of field effect giving it a tilt-shifted look. The music in trailer perfectly complimented the visuals with a very upbeat and a somewhat tropical rendition of the very famous “Overworld Theme” which has become the main theme for the series.

After recently finishing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I wanted to play some of the older titles and this announcement came at the perfect time. While there’s no fixed release date, the game will release in 2019 and I’m extremely excited to get my hands on this game.

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Rage 2 Cheats and Progress Booster Not Exclusive To Collector’s Edition

Yesterday, we wrote about how Rage 2’s Collector Edition featured Cheat Codes and Progress Boosters as exclusively part of it which made us a little cautious but turns out that isn’t really the case.

Thankfully, the devs have come out and confirmed that these items will be available in-game and will not cost you real life money in a reply to Laymen Gaming on Twitter. They went on to state that it will use in-game currency so you won’t need any microtransaction based currency to obtain them.

They further go on to explain that the cheat codes will be available from an NPC called the Wasteland Wizard and won’t require you to spend any “real word $$$”. Laymen Gaming further asked them a question that was on my mind, which was whether or not the cheat codes will be available to those with just the base game.

Yet again, the developers were quick to respond and let everybody know that it will be made available through normal gameplay. This means that those with the normal version won’t have to grind just to get the cheats but will have to play the game casually to get them.

It would have been better if they clarified this when posting what was part of the Collector’s Edition to differentiate between what was exclusive to that edition and what could be obtained in-game by playing it regularly.

But since this was brought to light, it’s good to see that they were quick to respond to concerns and don’t have it as part of some sort of microtransaction based service. Microtransactions in singleplayer games always irk me out and I’m glad that this game doesn’t seem to have it, as of now at least.

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Rage 2 Collector’s Edition Features Cheat Codes and a Progress Booster Among Other Things

Rage 2’s Collector’s Edition is up for preorder and it comes with a lot of different physical and digital items including Cheat Codes.

One of the promised items as part of the Digital Content is “Wasteland Wizard Cheat Codes” . While the description does have the word “Cheat Codes” in double quotes, we’re not sure if its an actual cheat code or just items that will basically turn you into a God.

There’s also a “Progress Booster”. If you can’t figure out what it does by the name let me help you. It increases the rate at which you progress and gain XP for the most part. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey had this which was a bit of grind-fest towards the ends game and this makes me cautious about the game.

The Collector’s Edition does come with a cool mount of a talking mutant head, a steelbook and a poster along with pretty much what you’d expect in terms of digital content with Missions and Skins/Items, including the BFG from DOOM.

But why add Cheat Codes and a Progress Booster? I can understand selling the progress booster to help folks who don’t have the time to play the game gain experience quicker to attain cool powers but why sell it if you also have cheat codes in the game that you’re also selling as part of the Collector’s Edition?

Why even make cheat codes, something that has been a staple of singleplayer game for ages, a feature that is specifically available only for those who bought a “Special Edition” of the game. Unless your game is a tedious and boring grindfest, why even sell a Progress Booster? Cheat Codes being available for everyone should be enough assistance for those who want to boost their progress.

This increasing trend of selling “cheat codes” and “progress boosters” isn’t one that I like and seeing it always makes me very cautious about the game itself. I have been pretty excited about Rage 2 because of how fun it looks but if it will be a tedious effort just to get the fun elements of the game then it will be a damn shame. I hope the game isn’t what this makes it seem like and is not a boring grind.

What do you think about such things being part of a “Special Edition”. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. Rage 2 release on 14th May for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Link to the Collector’s Edition.

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System Shock 3 Rights Sold Back By Starbreeze

The publishing rights to System Shock 3 have been sold back to OtherSide Entertainment by Starbreeze Studios.

Starbreeze is looking to getting fully reimbursed for selling back the rights to the developers who had originally sold it to them in hopes of being able to produce more games of the franchise if System Shock 3 sold well.

Starbreeze has hit hard times lately and this looks like a way for them to gain back some of their capital to pay off the debts that they are currently in. While System Shock 3 is being look forward to by a lot of fans from the original series, it is a risk and with Starbreeze currently in a rough place, it makes sense.

System Shock 3 was originally teased in December 2015 but not much information has come out since about the game. There are a few images of the concept art but that’s about it and nothing much is known about the game besides that it will be a direct sequel to System Shock 2.

Starbreeze seem to be in trouble and that means so is Payday 3. While the game has been in development for a while, the recent changes at Starbreeze along with the problems that they’re currently facing could spell doubt for the beloved Payday series.

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Axiom Verge Now Free On Epic Games Store

Axiom Verge is now available for free on the Epic Games Store for a week. However, there have been reports of a couple of issues regarding it.

Multiple users have reported that they are unable to redeem the game because the game does not show up as free during checkout but that issue seems to be fixed since then as there was an issue with the game becoming free on all regions.

Another issue that was reported was that the game kept crashing when loading into a new area. After a bit of by poking around by Scott LaGrasta, it turns out the game was missing a sound effect by the name of “steam”. The log file also showed that the game crashed because it was missing “Steam.xnb

This was confirmed by Tom Happ, the man behind Axiom Verge who removed all of Valve’s DLLs by removing all the files with the name “Steam” in them. It’s been fixed with an update and all is good now but this brought to attention something.

The lack of a support forum meant users were seeking help on the Steam Forum for the game. But thanks to folks using Twitter and Steam, this issue was brought to the attention of the developer but this just shows how far behind the Epic Games Store is in terms of quality of life features.

The game is now fixed and totally playable. It’s a Metroidvania game that has a great soundtrack and good gameplay and is absolutely worth checking out. Click here to go to the store page to claim the game for your account.

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Apex Legends Out now for PC, Xbox One and PS4

Conquer with character in Apex Legends, a free-to-play Battle Royale shooter where legendary characters with powerful abilities team up to battle for fame and fortune on the fringes of the Frontier. Master an ever-growing roster of diverse Legends, deep tactical squad play and bold new innovations that level up the Battle Royale experience—all within a rugged world where anything goes. Welcome to the next evolution of Battle Royale.

Key Features
• A Roster of Legendary Characters – Master a growing roster of powerful Legends, each with their own unique personality, strengths and abilities that are easy to pick up but challenging to truly master.

• Build Your Crew – Choose your Legend and combine their unique skills together with other players to form the ultimate crew.

• Strategic Battle Royale – Use your abilities–and your wits–to make strategic calls on the fly, adapting your crew’s strengths to meet new challenges as the match evolves.

• Genre-Evolving Innovation – Experience a brand-new array of innovative features that level up the Battle Royale genre, including Respawn Beacons, Smart Comms, Intelligent Inventory and an all-new way to drop into the action with Jumpmaster deployment.

• Sweet, Sweet Loot – Drop in and loot up with a host of powerful weapons, diverse attachments and useful armor to protect you in battle. After the fight, collect a wealth of cosmetic options for personalizing your character and weapons, and unlock new ways to show off during the match.

The game lacks the Titans from the Titanfall series and also lacks the wall-running and double jumping which is a bit of a shame but with character classes that have unique abilities, it makes the game so much more interesting on a tactical level, so much so that your playstyle will depend on your class and that of your team.

The game has already had a million unique players in under 8 hours from launch and hopefully, the momentum of the game keeps rolling and maybe one day we will see the addition of Titans when they figure out how to balance it.

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EA has filed a New Trademark for Jade Empire

EA has filed a new trademark for Jade Empire on 22nd January 2019. While not much it can mean a couple of things so let’s start speculating what they could be.

Before we start though lets talk about Jade Empire itself. Before there was Mass Effect, before Dragon Age came this gem. A game inspired by Chinese Mythology and Martial Arts that had the “trademark” BioWare world building and story telling. They decided to not work on the sequel for Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic but instead chose to work on Jade Empire.

While the game was received well and was even ported to PC after a lot of requests from PC fans, the game never got a sequel something that almost all major BioWare games have received.

The boring and the most probable reason behind the filing of this new trademark is EA continuing to maintain rights to the intellectual property. However, there could be more to it.

The original release of the game was in 2005 for the original Xbox and the PC release came in 2007. It’s been more than a decade since then and maybe EA wants to push out a remaster of this game. An HD remaster for the Xbox One or maybe even a complete new remaster although highly unlikely could happen.

A sequel could also be on the books as BioWare have been known to work projects in parallel so maybe after Anthem launches, a team could start working on pre-production for the next Jade Empire title. We know they are working on a new Dragon Age title so maybe after that it’s time for Jade Empire to make a return since Mass Effect won’t be back any time soon.

Anthem looks interesting and even though it is being developed by BioWare, it is quite different from their previous story-driven RPG titles. After Mass Effect Andromeda, the next story-driven RPG is going to be the Dragon Age game and if that fares well, we could very well see a Jade Empire series.

BioWare haven’t had the best track record lately and with both Gregory Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka retired, both who were the main force behind Jade Empire it might not happen. Maybe working on something that hasn’t been in the limelight and having an IP that could be soft-rebooted might help bring back the charm of the old days or maybe even move it forward in a good direction.

I would like to remind you that this is all speculation based on a new trademark being filed and could very well be nothing but a new Jade Empire game would be pretty cool.

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